2017 Award Categories

There are 17 awards in four categories. Categories and qualifications remain general to enable the widest possible recognition of the individuals, organizations, and networks that demonstrate outstanding impact and achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

Click here to view the nomination questions for each award.

 

CELEBRATING CANADA'S 150th ANNIVERSARY

CANADA 150 Award

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Awarded to an iconic Canadian business that has propelled Canada’s brand on the global stage through its determination and leadership. 

Advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurship in Canada

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award, presented by Opportunities NB

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Awarded to mentors, educators, investors, startup community leaders, media and other individual citizens who demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact.

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award

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Awarded to government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact.

Startup Canada Community of the Year Award (National Only)

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Awarded to an official Startup Canada Community in good standing that has made an extraordinary impact on the environment for entrepreneurship locally and nationally. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level only.

Startup Canada Policy Prize (National Only)

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Awarded to government officials - political or within the public service - at all levels of government who have demonstrably advanced Canadian entrepreneurship through their policy leadership. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

Entrepreneur-led Businesses Demonstrating Excellence

Startup Canada Global Entrepreneurship Award, presented by UPS

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Awarded to a Canadian company exhibiting excellence in its global orientation and business practices. Proof can be demonstrated in export sales, operations, supply chain management and market presence.

Startup Canada Innovation Award, presented by Intuit Quickbooks

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Awarded to a Canadian company exhibiting excellence in innovation, in any sector,  through leveraging new knowledge or technology to solve real world problems.  Proof can be demonstrated through innovative business practices such as new business models and strategies, organizational development, and/or product and services creativity.

Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award, presented by Centre for Social Innovation

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Awarded to a social enterprise exhibiting excellence in its approach to the environment, ethics, community interaction, and corporate social responsibility.

Startup Canada High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award, presented by MNP LLP

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Awarded to a company exhibiting average annualized growth rates greater than 20 percent per year, over a three-year period, and with 10 or more employees at the beginning of the period. Growth can be recorded in terms of revenue or employment (number of employees).

Exemplifying the Spirit of Canadian Entrepreneurship, presented by BDC

Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award

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Awarded to women entrepreneurs who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies.

Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award

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Awarded to individual entrepreneurs under the age of 25 who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their startup companies.

Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award

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Awarded to individual entrepreneurs over the age of 55 who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their startup companies. 

Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award (National Only)

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Awarded to indigenous entrepreneurs who have impacted entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award (National Only)

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Awarded to an entrepreneur who has lived in Canada for less than 5 years and who has impacted entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies in Canada. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

Startup Canada Resilient Entrepreneur Award (National Only)

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Awarded to an entrepreneur with a visible or non-visible disability who has impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

Outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship

Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by Scotiabank

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Awarded to individual entrepreneurs who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies and their engagement in the entrepreneurship community.

Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Mastercard (National Only)

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Awarded to an individual, who, over the course of their life has made a long-term impact and enduring legacy in advancing an environment and culture for entrepreneurial growth and success in Canada. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.